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Perivascular carotid inflammation: an unusual case of carotidynia.
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PMID:  20091034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 59-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with a fever and rigors for 2 days. She was on chemotherapy (docetaxel, carboplatin, and trastuzumab) for her stage II invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. Her physical exam was unremarkable except for the fever. The white blood cells were 21,200/mm(3) with 92% of neutrophils. ESR was 106 mm/h. An extensive infectious workup was negative. On day 6, while still febrile, the patient complained of a left-sided neck pain. She exhibited tenderness over the left carotid artery. A CT scan of the neck without intravenous contrast showed perivascular inflammation of the left common carotid artery, without evidence of a collection, arterial thrombosis, aneurysm, or dissection. The etiology of this finding was possibly chemotherapy related. It dramatically responded to oral prednisone. A repeat CT scan of the neck with IV contrast 2 weeks later showed a remarkable improvement. Drug reactions can simulate systemic inflammatory diseases and should always be considered in the diagnosing process.
Lama Azar; Harry D Fischer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology international     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1437-160X     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheumatol. Int.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8206885     Medline TA:  Rheumatol Int     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  457-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, USA,
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